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Christ above all 
graduation ♦ missions trips ♦ alumni in medicine ♦ lion tracks Summer 2006 \j [\_ Y Jv lN 

Bryan Life | A publication of Bryan College | Volume 32, Number 4 

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a letter from the 

Graduation is a major milestone in our students' 
lives when after years of preparation on Bryan 
Hill they truly begin to realize the purpose for 
which God has called them. I wish each of you could have medical school. Dr. Ted Tucker, class of '95, says that 

cent of our graduates are entering their chosen graduate 
school or vocation upon graduation. 

This edition of Bryan Life tells the story of some of 
our recent biology and pre-med major graduates who have 
been prepared by our exceptional science faculty to enter 

joined the nearly 2,000 students, family members, and 
alumni for Commencement 2006. It was thrilling to see 
over 1 60 of our students graduate and enter many fields 
of service. Our Golden Graduates from 1 956 were also 
recognized during the ceremony. What a blessing to hear 
them tell their stories of 
God's faithfulness to them 
and how God has used their 
Bryan education to enable 
them to make a difference 
for Christ's Kingdom. 

Ever before us is our mis- 
sion to educate students to make a difference in today's 
world; therefore, we strive (1) to offer excellent and chal- 
lenging academic programs and (2) to create an environ- 
ment that encourages our students to have obedient hearts 
to live out God's calling for their lives. 

This year's graduating seniors' scores on the nationally 
normed Major Field Achievement Tests (MEAT) provide 
evidence of the excellence of our academic programs. 
Here are the average scores from just a few of our majors: 

• Biology major: 98th percentile 

• Psychology major: 95th percentile 

• Business major: 95th percentile 

• English major: 94th percentile 

With that kind of preparation, you can see why 90 per- 

"medicine is a great opportunity to live your faith and 
share your faith." In this issue, you will further gain a 
sense of the value of a Bryan education and of students 
who are making a difference when you read the article on 
our students who this summer are involved in developing 

a missions lifestyle. 

"...90 percent of our graduates are 

entering their chosen graduate 

school or vocation upon 


As we prepare to 
begin a new school 
year, we thank God for 
the beautiful Rankin 
Studies Center and for 
North Hall, a spacious 1 20-bed women's residence hall 
that will be ready for the students when they return in 
August We're looking forward to hearing from Dr. Robert 
George at Fall Convocation. Dr. George is director of the 
James Madison Program in American Ideals and 
Institutions at Princeton University and is a member of 
the President's Council on Bioethics. 

Please pray that God will use this summer to prepare 
the hearts of the returning and new students, faculty, staff, 
administration, and trustees for an outstanding 2006-2007 
that will bring glory to Him! 

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 

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on t fie 

Bryan celebrates Graduation 2006 

Eyes on the future, with a view to the ultimate goal, 
became the theme of commencement festivities for 
the Class of 2006, Bryan's largest ever, as they 
received their diplomas May 6. 

A highlight of the weekend was the reunion of the Class 
of 1956, as 33 "Golden Grads" received their 50th anniver- 
sary diplomas. 

From Vespers on Friday through the graduation service 
on Saturday, seniors were reminded that a life of significance 
depends on choices they will make, and how they react to 
life's challenges. 

Kimberlee Storey told her classmates at Vespers, "We've 
asked and heard the question "What are you going to do?' a 
lot in the past few months." But she suggested a better way 
to frame the real issue would be to ask "Whose are you 
going to be?"' 

"We must choose a cause that matters, or we will by 
default be relegated to the trivial." 

Phil Pranger, a former resident director in Woodlee- 
Ewing, challenged seniors to keep matters in their lives in 
perspective. "You've been in class about 36 months; that's 
about how long the disciples had with Jesus." 

He reminded them that Peter, of whom Jesus said, 
''You're the rock on which I will build my church," denied 
the Lord three times. "Chances are pretty good you'll make 

some pretty big mistakes. Yet I want to remind you some- 
thing about sin. Sin, though never a good thing, is simply 
nothing more than a rebellion that has been quashed. Later 
Jesus appeared to Peter on the shore. There is no condemna- 
tion. Jesus' topic was simply love.' 

"Don't get caught up in the fact you made a mistake. This 
is about a love relationship with Christ. If you love Him, the 
love will spill over into your relationship with others." 

Dean of Spiritual Formation Matt Benson chose the 
book of Philippians, with Paul's promise to the church that 
"He Who began a good work in you will bring it to comple- 

He showed a video clip of the class's first day at Bryan, 
drawing laughs from the crowd as younger faces of the grad- 
uates flashed across the screen. "In India a pastor said you 
will never become what you are not becoming. It is exciting 
to see what you are becoming, to take a kid and make you a 
powerful fragrance for Jesus Christ What we saw (in the 
video) was not really a beginning; tomorrow will not be the 
end. God will continue to make you more fully you." 

Mr. Benson challenged class members, "You have a life- 
time to fully know who you are. Live passionately and fully 
for the Lord. Discover more fully who you are in Christ. My 
hope is that as you become more like us (as Paul encouraged 
Philippian believers to imitate him), you will become more 

2 Christ above all 

like Christ My hope is that in your time 
at Bryan you have seen the GospeL 
That is the calling on your life, to ulti- 
mately become more fully Jesus, to be 
the fragrance of Christ where you go." 

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. 
Livesay told the Vespers audience that 
his time earlier that evening with the 
Golden Graduates brought an impor- 
tant lesson to mind. "As I was listening 
to their life stories it dawned on me 
what is really important What counts is 
not how you start, what matters is how 
well you finish. I want you erads to fin- 

ish strong finish well. Keep your life 
pure, develop godly character. It's that 
character being like Jesus that will 
enable you to finish well" 

During Saturday's ceremonies, 
Amanda Held, a liberal arts: Bible and 
philosophy major from Dayton, Tenn., 
gave the graduation address for stu- 
dents in the traditional program, and 
Jeffery Tanner, a business administra- 
tion: organizational management major 
from Chattanooga, Tenn., spoke for the 
Aspire degree completion program 

Miss Held challenged graduates to 
evaluate the "American dream" from a 
biblical worldview rather than the con- 
sumerist culture which surrounds us. 
"In the American psyche, there is 
ingrained that idea that each of us has 
rights, has particular freedoms. But 
over the years, this truth has been twist- 
ed into a sense of entidement, entide- 
ment to my desires. Not only this, but 
commercialism tells us that if we get 
what we want, if we buy the product, 
the diet drink, the brand name clothes, 
the expensive car, the extra-stre 

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"We must come to realize 

that perhaps to suffer is to 

know Christ in the most 

intimate way possible." 

Amanda Held 

carpet cleaner, then life will be good, 
life will be a success. 

"I fear that the church has not been 
immune to these lies, and our ministry 
has been affected by this consumeristic 
mindset, that 
we choose the 
ministry we will 
be a part of 
based on what 
we will get out 
of it, what fits 
us best We ask 
the question, "what is my calling?' rather 
than, 'What is God's purpose.' 

"I would also challenge us to 
change how we as a society define suc- 
cess. I've noticed recently that we judge 
whether or not something is a success 
based on how little we have suffered, 
how much pain we have avoided. Too 
often we choose the route of least 
resistance. Difficulty, affliction equals 
bad; comfort, ease equals good. 

"We must come to realize that per- 
haps to suffer is to know Christ in the 
most intimate way possible. To be 

acquainted with His sorrow is to feel 
the pulsing heart of Jesus. When Jesus 
said take up your cross, he was not 
referring to the endurance of everyday 
struggles. The call to take up the cross 

is a call to 

eath of the 
esh. You 
ee, God 
has a much 
greater pur- 
pose than 

my comfort and a much better story to 
tell with my life than one of ease and 
my own profit. All great things are 
accomplished at great cost. 

"So I challenge you, dare to believe 
that perhaps Paul was right when he 
said that suffering for Christ brings you 
closer to the heart of God, and this is 
where existence finds a purpose. In the 
words of missionary Samuel Zwemer, 
don't just make a living. Make a life. 

"Fellow graduates, if the gospel is 
true then it does not simply change 
lives. It is life. I would 
suggest that it is the 
good, good news of the 
gospel that redeems our 
existence, not beauty, not 
stuff, not hype, not good 
works- but Christ in me 
the hope of glory. 

"What would it look 
like if this group of indi- 
viduals made the decision 
to ignore the expectations 
of society, really live radically for 
Christ? I challenge you not to be pas- 
sive consumers of Christianity, who 
view life as one does a movie, discon- 

Amanda Held 
nected and free of responsibility. I 
close with the worlds of Kierkegaard: 
'Let you consolation be, as it is mine, 
that we are not to read about or lister 
to or look at what is the highest and the 
most beautiful in life, but are, if you 
please, to live it"' 

Mr. Tanner said in his speech that 
his reasons for desiring to complete his 
college degree had changed in the near- 
ly 15 years since he left school. 

"Our God has placed in us 

>oth an ability and a desire 

to seek knowledge, and 


this ability by continuing 

this pursuit of knowledge 

every chance we get." 

Jeffery Tanner 

"First, I knew I owed it to myself to 
complete my degree. Learning is truly a 
lifelong event, and whether you're he 
today as a family member, a friend, or 



ir a 

4 Christ above all 

fellow graduate, we should all continue 
our pursuit of knowledge and wisdom 
throughout our lives, in both academic 
and spiritual matters. We should never 
grow weary in this pursuit. Our God 
has placed in us both an ability and a 
desire to seek knowledge, and each of 
us should develop this ability by contin- 
uing this pursuit for knowledge every 
chance we get. 

'Tor me there was another reason, a 
higher calling if you will, one less self- 
ish, less self-centered - my children. I 
knew that as my children grew up, there 
would come a day when I would have 
to look at them and say 'do as I say and 
not as I do' if I didn't complete what I 
had started back many years ago." 

"For many here today, this com- 
mencement may represent the end of a 

lot of hard work, and the beginning of 
a new life, and more hard work. For 
others, this may be the first step in your 
collegiate education, as you may be 
moving on toward a graduate degree. 

"For others, today may be the 
beginning of new endeavors, a new job 
or new career. But whatever tomorrow 
holds, my challenge would be to take 
this education you have worked so hard 
to achieve and go make a difference in 
the world. Today is not the end of an 
era, just the end of a chapter; tomor- 
row, a wonderful new chapter begins, a 
chapter where we can all make a differ- 
ence. And the experience and knowl- 
edge you take with you as you prepare 
to leave this wonderful institution is 
something no one will ever be able to 
take from you." 



at a glance 

♦67 Bachelor of Arts 

♦99 Bachelor of Science 
64 Aspire program 
35 traditional program 

♦72 graduated with 

♦Keelan Diehl received 
both a BA. degree 
and a B.S. degree. 

Making a difference... 
All around the world 

Missions trip is taking on a new meaning for nine 
Bryan students and recent graduates this summer 
as the college implements a program to help stu- 
dents develop a missions lifestyle. 

The nine will spend extended time in Russia, Slovakia, 
Uganda, and India, making what they and Dean of Spiritual 
Formation Matt Benson hope will be significant contribu- 
tions to host ministries. 

Missions trips are nothing new for either the college or 
its students. Tn fact, Mr. Benson says the internship program 
is building on an interest that already exists. He points out 

that many more than the nine formally involved in the 
internships will be on their own missions projects. 

Beginning with his taking a group of students to India in 
the late 1990s, Mr. Benson has been working to build a pro- 
gram incorporating both academic study of missions and a 
hands-on exposure to mission life. During the 2004-05 
school year, this involved taking a group of students from a 
variety of majors to Micronesia for an extended fall break 
and putting their skills to work in a missions setting Longer 
summer internships allow students to plug into the day-to- 
day life of a missionary and do "things critical to the func- 

6 Christ above all 

tion of the ministries." 

Four students have been assigned to 
the Bratislava Educational Resource 
Center in the Slovak Republic; one will 
be in Moscow, Russia; one in India; one 
will travel in Central Europe for Trans 
World Radio; and two will work at an 
orphanage in Uganda. 

In talking with the students 
involved, two major themes run 
through the conversation: "J want to 
see if I can do this" and "I want to 
serve missionary families and learn 
from them." 

Beth Simon, a senior math major 
from Telford, Pa., is going to work at 
the Bratislava Educational Resource 
Center (BERQ May 21 to Aug 3. 
Mr. Benson first suggested she consider 
spending the summer in Micronesia. 
The mission idea caught, but 
Micronesia didn't, so he suggested 

"I couldn't forget about that," she 
says. '1 originally had planned to come 
home (after graduation next December) 
and work as a substitute teacher to get 
my feet in the door. Now that missions 
is a possibility or a likelihood, I think 
I'll have to work to pay off school 
loans, and then work to raise money to 
go back to the mission field. When I go 
to Slovakia, I want to see if I can do 
this. I'm testing the waters, hoping God 
speaks to me." 

One of Beth's companions in 
Bratislava will be Christen Conrad from 
San Antonio, Texas, who received her 
degree in communication studies in 
May. She will work in an outreach 
capacity for BERC. 

"My job will be going to different 

(Above) Matt Benson, left, dean of spiritual 
formation, and Ben Norquist, '04, are pic- 
tured withjoah Sonko, a pastor with 
Christian Life Ministries in Uganda, which 
operates orphan homes where Bryan and 
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga stu- 
dents will he working during the next three 
summers. (Right) Amanda Held ministers 
to the people of Southern India. 

missionary families and telling them 
about BERC." The center, she explains, 
is a resource for missionary families 
that offers classes and tutoring for their 
children, among other services. 
Christen calls the internship an answer 
to prayer because "over the past couple 
of years the Lord has been growing my 
heart to minister to missionaries." 

When Mr. Benson suggested the 
internship, "I said, Tx>rd, this is Your 
answer to my prayer.' I'm really excited 
about getting to serve missionary fami- 
lies and learn from them." 

Christen points out that on short- 
term trips "a lot of times I felt like the 
missionaries were busy trying to figure 
out what we needed." This time, she 
and the others will plug into ongoing 
programs and work in areas that have 

lacked attention they needed. Another 
benefit to the longer term will be "an 
opportunity to invest in MKs, hang out 
with them, getting to know their hearts 
and minds." 

While she is considering what steps 
to take after she returns in August, 
Christen says, "Whether I'm called to 
go overseas or be involved here at 
home, missions is something I want to 
continue to be a part of." 

Striking out on his own to Russia 
will be Evan Myers, a business adminis- 
tration graduate from Norcross, Ga. 
Evan will work with Integra Russia, a 
part of Integra Venture, which does 

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microeconomic development in Eastern doing all over the world, how my gifts 

and Central Europe and Africa. 'Til 
mostly be in Moscow doing business- 
type stuff, putting their accounting 
books together, making sure their 
English translation of material is 
good," he says. 

Evan has been on a number of 
short-term mission trips, but none this 
long. "This will be completely differ- 
ent This will be a good experience, a 
great opportunity to see 
what's going on in another 
country, what business does, 
how business is done in a 
Christian ministry." 

Amanda Held, who 
received her degree in liber- 
al arts: Bible and philosophy in May, 
will spend the next six months in India, 
a country she had never considered 
even visiting. "Then the tsunami hap- 
pened and Matt Benson said, 1 think it 
would be great for you to go to India.' I 
was confused, upset with God for let- 
ting that happen. I thought I'd see for 
myself. When I went, I got a bug that 
made me want to go back, along with 
other kinds of bugs." 

She found a depth of "commitment 

fit in with that, and whether God can 
use me better 'there' or here as a 

Mr. Dennis Miller, Bryan's executive 
director of external relations, said there 
are four goals for the Uganda project 

two freshmen from the University of 
Tennessee-Chattanooga to begin build- 
ing relationships with Christian Life 
Ministries and working to promote that 
ministry in the United States. 

Sarah Dingus, a junior Christian 
education major, is one of the students 

"...I want to see if I can do this. 

I'm testing the waters, hoping 

God speaks to me." 

Beth Simon 

have students minister to street children planning a missions experience apart 
through a program run by Christian from the college-sponsored program. 

Life Ministries; help students who are She will work during June at a camp 
aspiring missionaries or are exploring a ministry in Kingsport, Tenn., where her 

parents are on staff, then 
spend July in Romania 
where she and Rachel 
Stuckey, a freshman com- 
munication studies and 
English major, will work 
with Buckner Orphan 
Care International, the agency which 
began the Shoes for Orphan Souls 

Sarah said the first week will involve 
work in villages, then the next three 
weeks will be spent doing Vacation 
Bible School-type programs at different 

Bryan's missions-minded atmos- 
phere is an encouragement for all stu- 
dents, she said. "There are a lot of 
opportunities with missions even if you 

and persistence in persecution" that she career in missions to Africa have a first- don't take the class," she said. "There 

had never seen before, a lifestyle among hand experience with Ugandan people 

believers that made her want to learn 
more. Although she is going to work 
with several indigenous ministries 
teaching English, leading Bible studies, 
and ministering to church youth 
groups, she believes she will see per- 
sonal growth as welL 

"I think this will broaden my per- 
spective, give me a better understanding 
of what the church is, what God is 

and culture; potentially provide to mis- 
sions agencies individuals with three 
years of significant experiences working 
on the African continent and help 
Ugandan street children through fund- 
raising efforts conducted by student 
interns throughout the three-year dura- 
tion of this project 

Bryan freshmen Melissa Milner and 
Allison Cunningham will partner with 

are a lot of ways to get connected; the 
camp fair, focus in chapel, the missions 
conference every other year." 

That's the point, Mr. Benson says: 
encouraging students to become 
involved, providing direction and struc- 
ture as necessary, and then watching as 
God moves in the lives of the next 
generation of Kingdom workers. 

8 Christ above till 

The Bryan Center 
for Critical Thought and Practice 

Dr. Charles Van Eaton, Director 

Summit Ministries 

Summit Ministries-East Director John Stonestreet 
has been busy this spring, involved with training 
in Biblical Worldview for students, teachers, and 
patents in Iowa, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, 
and Georgia. In March, Stonestreet was keynote 
speaker for the Indiana Association of Home 
Educators convention, and spoke at the Summit 
Spring Conference in Colorado. In April he led week- 
end seminars for churches in Texas and Georgia. 

The 2006 Summit Ministries Student Conferences 
at Bryan College will be from July 9-22 and July 23- 
Aug 5. For information about the conferences, contact 
the Summit office at 423-775-7599 or visit the web site 

The Myers Institute 

The Myers Institute's Passing the Baton project 
now has its own website, www.passingtheba-, on which people can sign up to be 
part of an international network of individuals com- 
mitted to equipping the next generation of leaders. 
Fifteen speakers have been trained, and they are busy 
delivering the popular one-day Passing the Baton work- 
shop to Christian schools, churches, and mission 
organizations all over the world. The Myers Institute 
has entered into a partnership to provide leadership 
training for teachers and students for every Christian 
school in the Philippines over the next two years, and 
has partnered with the Association of Christian 
Schools International in the Southeast US. to provide 
leadership training events for their 800 member 


Dr. Kurt Wise and Dr. Todd Wood will attend 
the 2006 meeting of the BSG: A Creation 
Biology Study Group. Dr. Wise will speak on 
creationist paleontology, and Dr. Wood will give a statis- 
tics workshop. For more information, visit the BSG 
website at Dr. Wise will con- 
tinue to be involved in Summit at Bryan College after his 
move to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and will 
continue to work with CORE on various projects in ori- 
gins research. Dr. Todd Wood will become director of 
CORE in August, when Dr. Roger Sanders will join the 
CORE staff. 

Fall Seminars 

The Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice 
will address the essential question of the meaning of 
man in its September seminar as prologue to its 
November symposium on bioethics. If one can come to 
terms with the initial question, addressing the second will 
necessarily follow. 

Sept. 15-16: What Is Man that Thou Art Mindful? 

Dr. Michael Bauman, Professor of Theology and 
Culture and Director of the Christian Studies Program at 
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.: "The First Adam and 
the Second." 

Dr. Dennis Hollinger, Professor of Christian Ethics 
and President, Evangelical Theological Seminary, 
Myerstown, Pa.: "Choosing the Good." 

Dt Doug Kennard, Professor of Bible, Theology, 
and Philosophy, Bryan College, Dayton, Tenn.: "Image 
and Soul." 

Nov. 10-11, 2006: Bioethics and the Meaning of Man 

Dr. W Gary Phillips, pastor. Signal Mountain Bible 
Church, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Eric Cohen, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 
Washington, DC. 

Dr. Harold Y. Vanderpool, University of Texas 
Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 

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Healing Hands 

Pre-med alumni excel 
in post-graduate studies 

Life is hard as a pre-med major 
at Bryan but the effort pays 
off, particularly when the reali- 
ties of medical school set in. 

That's the point, as Dr. Martin 
Hartzell explains. Dr. Hartzell, head 
of the biology department, said class- 
es are designed to give majors a 
glimpse at what will be expected in 
medical school and to prepare them 
to do well on the Medical College 
Aptitude Test (MCAT), a major hur- 
dle on the way to becoming a doctor. 
About half the biology majors arc in 
a pre-medical track, Dr. 
Hartzell said. About 
half of those opt for 
medical school and the 
others are pursuing a 
nursing degree through 
Bryan's cooperative 
program with the 

Vanderbilt University nursing school. 
Other majors follow the research or 
organismal biology tracks. 

For all the majors the biology core 
courses begin with botany, zoology, 
and general chemistry. 

"These are rigorous courses that 
let the students know they have to 
study in the major," Dr. Hartzell 
explained. "If they don't know how 
to study, the following courses will 
really push them. If they're going to 
be medical students they have to do 
this kind of work." 

That's an approach that Bryan 
alumni seem to appreciate. 

Nate Krogel, '01 , who is complet- 
ing his fourth year at the Lake Erie 
College of Osteopathic Medicine in 
Erie, Pa., said, "I remember my first 
class, zoology. When I got past that I 
thought, 'If we could do that we 
could do anything.'" 

Dr. Hartzell acknowledges some 
students change majors after the first 
course or so. "I tell them I sat 
through several first-year medical 
school courses. Every class was 
demanding, but if they make it 
through Bryan they can make it 

"I would have a hard time finding 
a place where I could minister to 
people better than in medicine." 

Dr. Amy Ford, '00 

through medical school." 

Dr. Ted Tucker, '95, a primary 
care physician in rural Fairbury, Neb, 
said the demanding undergraduate 
experience paid off for him when he 
attended the University of Nebraska 
Medical Center. 

"I don't think anybody can be 
completely prepared for the amount 
of study required, but having a good 
foundation is key. I felt like I had that 
You adjust very quickly to the load 
with a good foundation. Without, you 
adjust, but it may be more slowly." 
Work load is a recurring theme 
when talking with Bryan's biology 

Dr. Amy Ford 
majors or with alumni in medical 
school. Dr. Hartzell pointed out that 
medical students are taught by spe- 
cialists in each field, "not generalists 
like me." 

Joshua Cone, '03, who is 
finishing his first year at the 
Virginia School of 
Osteopathic Medicine at 
Blacksburg, Va., likened the 
difference in work load 
between college and medical 
school to that between high school 
and college. "It's that sort of differ- 
ence," he said. But he found the 
increased demands of pre-med classes 
his junior and senior years helped pre- 
pare him for the work he has experi- 
enced this year. 

Dr. Matt Bryan, '94, a dermatolo- 
gist in Greenville, S.C., said, "The vol- 
ume of material was the biggest sur- 
prise" when he entered the Medical 
University of South Carolina. "You're 
taking close to 30 semester hours per 
semester, and there are no 'gimme' 
classes in there. The biggest adjust- 
ment I had was that most waking 
hours I would be studying." 

lO Christ above all 

Mr. Krogel, who will receive his 
Doctor of Osteopathy degree this 
summer, said the workload could be 
daunting if a student is not totally 
committed to the program. "If you 
don't want to go to medical school 
100 percent, I don't see how you 
could survive. If you went in 75 per- 
cent sure and 25 percent doubting, I 
don't see how you could stick with it 
through the hard dmes. There is so 
much studying!" 

Dr. Amy Ford, '00, who is in her 
second year of a family medicine resi- 
dence in Greeley, Colo., said the com- 
munity atmosphere at Eastern 
Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, 
Va., helped with the demands of the 
program. "You go to medical school 
and there are lots of classes — you 
study all the time. I liked medical 
school, and the people there. We 
always studied together, tutored each 
other, hung out together." 

Some alumni brought their own 
support with them to medical school. 
Dr. Bryan and Tiffany Earle, '04, were 
married before he began his medical 
studies, and "I would not have made 
it if it were not for Tiffany," he said. 

"She was very good in helping me 
balance studies and life." 

Mr. Krogel and Philene Phaneuf, 
'01 , chose to go through medical 
school together, as they both were 
accepted to the Erie school on the 
same day. They married after their 
first year, and are looking for intern- 
ship and residency programs that will 
match their professional goals, his in 
cardiology and hers in obstetrics and 
gynecology. "Philene being there 
helped keep me on track," he said. 
Going through the experience 
"brought my wife and me closer 

Shane Maxwell, '01, married Heidi 
Seera, '04x, after he graduated from 
Bryan. He worked in the pharmaceu- 
tical industry in Nashville, Term., 
before being accepted at Lake Erie. 
Heidi's support "is the only reason 
I'm here. If she had had any hesita- 
tion, I would have stayed in Nashville. 
There are times when we feel like we 
don't have time for each other, but we 
realize this is only temporary. We 
both feel this is where we should be. 
Being married is a lifesaver. I depend 
on her." 

Dr. Bryan 
said it is 
important for 
medical stu- 
dents to find a 
good church 

and fellowship with other believers. 
"If not, school can be an all-consum- 
ing thing." 

Tabitha Moe, '00, studying at the 
University of Kansas School of 
Medicine, found a connection 
through the Christian Medical and 
Dental Society. That has helped her 
have regular contact with Christians 
studying for and practicing their pro- 

Shane and Heidi Maxwell 


A long-range perspective in both 
Bryan's undergraduate classes and in 
medical school seems important to 
deal with the pressures of both pro- 
grams. At Bryan, the goal is a good 
score on the MCAT; in medical 
school, it is the practice at the end of 
the process. 

"I think medicine is a great field," 
Dr. Ford said. "Being a doctor is very 
fulfilling work. You get to work with 
people who are in need. You're help- 
ing them with physical needs, but get 

"...Having a good foundation is 
key. I felt like I had that." 

Dr. Ted Tucker, '95 

the opportunity to talk about their 
personal lives. People open up to their 
doctors in ways that they don't open 
up to their friends. I would have a 
hard time finding a place where I 
could minister to people better than 
in medicine." 

Dr. Tucker echoed that thought 
"Almost every day I have an opportu- 
nity maybe not to witness but to 

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Dr. Matt Bryan 
point someone in the direction of 
Christ Medicine is a great opportuni- 
ty to live your faith and share your 
faith. Bryan and its worldview empha- 
sis and spiritual life development real- 
ly facilitates that I wouldn't want to 
leave out that part of my education." 

Mr. Cone added that physicians 
with a Biblical worldview are needed 
to address contemporary dignity of 
human life issues. He said medicine 
"offers a good opportunity to engage 
the culture with a Christian world- 


The doctors and doctors-in-train- 
ing had some advice for Bryan's biol- 
ogy majors: 

Dr. Bryan: Get into a hospital, 
research or volunteer work; institu- 
tions look favorably on that Continue 
with extracurricular activities. Medical 
schools like well-rounded people." 

Mr. Cone: 
"Listen to your 
advisor. I feel Dr. 
Ilartzcll knows 
what he's talking 
about Focus and do well in class. 
That's one of the best ways to pre- 
pare for the MCAT and medical 

Mr. Krogel: 'Try to learn every- 
thing they teach you. The biology- 
program is high-quality. It's hard to 
see the big picture at first, but hard 
work will come back to help you 
when classes get tough." 

Ms. Moe: Enjoy your life as you 
know it Be involved with other 
things besides school, like Bible stud- 

"It's a hard jour ney." 

Dr. Matt Bryan, '94 

ies. Enrich your lives because once 
you're in medical school all that ends 

Dr. Tucker: "Study hard, apply 
yourself, get good grades. It's impor- 
tant to master the material, but don't 
forget development of your other 
interests. Pursue them as well." 

From the perspective of his work 
as a physician in 
private practice, 
Dr. Bryan 
acknowledged the 
prospective physicians face. "It's a 
hard journey, but the journey is part 
of the program. When you're in it, it 
doesn't seem that bad because every- 
body around you is doing it" 

At the end of that journey, the 
doctors say, waits a career that 
uniquely allows them to make a dif- 
ference in the lives they touch every 

Dr. Robert George to speak at convocation 

will open 
its 2006-07 aca- 
demic year Aug. 
23, with a convo- 
cation address by 
Dr. Robert 
Professor of Jurisprudence and 
Director of the James Madison 
Program in American Ideals and 
Institutions at Princeton University. 
Dr. George serves on the 

President's Council on Bioethics and 
previously served as a presidential 
appointee to the United States 
Commission on Civil Rights. He is a 
former Judicial FeEow at the Supreme 
Court of the United States, where he 
received the Justice Tom C. Clark 

"We are delighted to have a scholar 
of Dr. George's stature as our 
Convocation speaker," Bryan President 
Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said. "His back- 
ground in bioethics dovetails nicely 
with the emphasis of the seminars of 
the Bryan Center for Critical Thought 

and Practice this fall as we explore the 
nature of man and the concept of 
bioethics. I believe his comments will 
set the tone for the year as we seek to 
challenge our students to engage today's 
culture in meaningful ways from a 
Biblical worldview." 

Convocation is set for Aug. 23, at 
10:40 a.m. in Rudd Auditorium, the day 
classes begin for the fall semester. 

12 Christ above all 

Will Something 

You Don't Say 




You Love? 

Reading Between The Lines Is Not An Option 

When it comes to communicating, almost 
everyone has some experience at reading 
between the lines. Parents and children, 
spouses, employers and employees - 
everyone learns the meaning of things left 

But when it comes to life's most important 
communications, leaving critical specifics 
unspoken most often results in misunder- 

Nowhere is there more need for careful 
articulation than when it comes to spelling 
out your final wishes, hopes, and dreams. 

Christ above all 


Whether the complete absence of a plan or 
simply a poorly written document, the result 
of inadequate communication can be the 
accidental disinheritance of a family mem- 
ber or loved one. 

And while there always seems to be a num- 
ber of reasons to delay attention to a will, no 
one can make up for wishes unrealized. 

For a free brochure on avoiding accidental 
disinheritance or for more information on 
creating a winning plan, call or write our 
Office of Estate Planning. 

Jim Barth 

Bryan College 

721 Bryan Drive 

Dayton, TN 37321 


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1950s %; 

David and Mary 


'52, announces 
the publication of 
his book Stories I 
Heard in West 
Africa, a collection 
of four stories, 
which he illustrat- 
ed, from the sto- 
ries he and his 
wife, MARY 
NAFF, '53, heard while they were mis- 
sionaries in Liberia. David said he 
chose the stories for publication 
because they illustrate Scriptural or 
moral truths. The books are available 
from the SIM bookstore, P.O. Box 
7900, Charlotte, N.C. 28241. 


reports that his wife, Ida, died July 31, 
2005, on their field of service in Brazil. 
He is planning a visit to the States this 


EVERETT, '56, and FAITH (SAN- 
FORD), '61, BOYCE are planning to 
resume missions ministry as teachers 
for two American missionary families 
who are running an orphanage in 
Chapala, Mexico, beginning in 
September. They "retired" from mis- 
sion work in 1 999, then Everett became 
pastor of Roswell Community Church 
in Colorado Springs, Colo. They will 

leave the church in September for their 
move to Mexico. 

JERRY, '59, and AMY (WILSON), 
'59x, SMITH continue their service as 
directors of church relations with 
Biblical Ministries Worldwide. This past 

summer Jerry was elected president of 
the board of the IFCA, then spent two 
weeks in Louisiana and Mississippi in 
October encouraging pastors and 
believers in hurricane-impacted areas 
and planning relief efforts. 

1960s •; 

ROBERT, '67x, and DOROTHY 
(SIDES), '65, KAATZ are celebrating 
Bob's new job as safety manager with 
AccelaPure Corp. in Newark, Del.; a 
new home in Wilmington, DeL; and a 
new grandchild, their seventh. 


recently was profiled in her hometown 
newspaper, The Tracy (Calif.) Press, 
highlighting her years of service as a 
diabetes educator who uses a rubber 
hammer to drive home the point of 
staying on track with the disease. Since 
she graduated from Bryan, she has 
been a wife, mother, nurse, teacher and 

DAN MCMILLAN, '69, is pastor of 
Green Hill Presbyterian Church in 
Enterprise, Ala., and continues to serve 
as an Air National Guard chaplain. His 

wife, ANITA (ANDERSON), '90, 

teaches in the Enterprise city school 

1970s %) 

WILLIAM, '70, and KATHY 
(PAGE), '70x, WILSON have moved 
from Pensacola, Fla., to Snellville, Ga., 
where Bill is serving as southeast 
regional director for the Association of 
Christian Schools International. 

is a Realtor with Crye-Leike, Realtors, 
in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she lives 
with her husband, Robert, and daugh- 
ter, Rachel. 

Dr. TIM KIMMEL, '72, recently has 
published two books, 50 Ways to Really 
Love Your Kids and Raising Kids for True 
Greatness. Tim and DARCY (DIRKS), 
74X, KIMMEL live in Scottsdale, 
Ariz., where Tim is executive director 
of Family Matters, a ministry to fami- 

JIM GLOVER, '79, recently received 
the No. 1 Transaction Agent 
Companywide and No. 1 Listing Agent 
Companywide with Harry Norman 
Realtors of Adanta, Ga. He also 
received the Agent of the Year award in 
his Marietta, Ga., office for the fourth 
consecutive year. He recendy purchased 
some property near Charieston, S.C., 
and CEIL (COKER) BRUNER, '80, 

14 Christ above all 

was his agent Jim serves as chairman 
of the board for the Cobb Symphony 
Orchestra, has authored two books on 

Southern history, and is active in St. 
Jude's Episcopal Church. 

1980s %;. 

ARTHUR, '82x, 
and Susan 

announce the 
birth of their son, 
Philip Larry, on 
Jan. 20. Philip 
weighed 6 lbs., 1 1 
oz., and was 18 V* 
inches long. The 
Cloksin family lives in Waukon, Iowa. 

Philip Closkin 


been named superintendent of the East 
Coast Conference of the Evangelical 
Covenant Church. He has served pas- 
torates in St. Paul, Minnesota, Batavia, 
111., and is senior pastor at Newport 
Covenant Church in Bellevue, Wash. 

RICHARD, '83x, and KIM (FIORI), 

'83, PARKER are rejoicing that a 
growth near Richard's spinal cord was a 
benign calcification rather than some- 
thing more serious. Surgery at Duke 
University in March removed the prob- 
lem, and the Parkers were able to hold 
a reunion with members of Richard's 
family in nearby Greensboro, N.C. 

1 5, 2005. Sarah joins big brother Jacob, 
3. Colley works part-time as a nurse 
practitioner in the neurology depart- 
ment at Emory University in Atlanta, 
and Brian is a computer software train- 
er at Wells Real Estate Funds in 
Norcross, Ga. The Peach family lives in 
Marietta, Ga. 

JEFF, '87, and 
(DEAR), '89x, 
PINDER live 
in Amelia, Va., 
where Jeff is 
senior pastor at 
Amelia Baptist 
Church. Jeff 
served 20 years 
as pastor of stu- 
dent ministries 

before earning his Master's degree from 
Liberty University. Cheryl taught sixth 
grade English until their twin sons, 
John and Caleb, were born in 2001. 

DAWN HOFFMAN, '89, became 
regional human resources director for 
Barnes and Nobel in January. She over- 
sees the company's employee relations 
for the western half of the country. 
Her new job involved a move to Frisco, 
Texas, near Dallas. Earlier she earned 
certification as a senior professional of 
human resources. 

Pinder Family 

COLLEY (WOOD), '84x, and Biian 
PEACH announce the birth of their 
second child, Sarah Elizabeth, on May 

1990s •;. 

28 days in Germany during 2005 as 
part of the Rotary Club Business 
Exchange Program, living with German 
host families and studying German 
business practices. She also took a new 
position with the Department of 
Family and Children's Services as 
employment services case manager. 

BYRON, 90, and Natalie TALBOT 
and their two boys live in Anchorage, 

Alaska, where Byron is minister of 
youth and music at Sunset Hills Baptist 
Church. Natalie works with the young 
adult/college class at the church, and is 
looking for employment as a teacher. 

Smith Family 

CHRISTINE (PIERCE), '90x, and 
her husband, Shannon, SMITH recent- 
ly moved to Trenton, Fla., with their 
four sons, Caleb, 13; Jonathan, 12; 
Stephen, 11; and Michael, 8, near where 
Shannon practices law in Chiefland. 
Christine will teach in the local public 
school system. 

ROD, '91, and Jenn CAMPBELL are 

living in Anniston, Ala., where Rod 
works for the Alabama Baptist 
Children's Homes as a children and 
family counselor. He received his 
Master of Arts degree in marriage and 
family therapy from Reformed 
Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., 
in 2000. Rod and Jen have three chil- 
dren, Ellen, 8; Liv, 5; and Cash, nearly 
2. DAVID, '91, and Robin BOLIN live 
nearby in Gadsden, and Rod and David 
eat lunch together regularly. 

Campbell Family 

MARK, '92, and NATALIE 

announce the birth of their son, 

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Sophia Leavitt 

Nathan Paul, on March 1, 2005. Nathan 
weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 inch- 
es long. He joins big brothers Seth and 
Andy, and sister Joelle. 


'05x, and Joe 

announce the 
birth of their 
first child, Sophia 
Grace, on Dec. 31, 2005. The Leavitt 
family lives in Spring Hill, Tenn, where 
Joe works in affiliate relations for the 
Dave Ramsey Show and Julie is a work- 
at-home mom. 

'96, and 
were married 
July 15, 2004, 
in Puyallup, 
Wash. Shonda 
has been a 
teacher for the past 10 years, and 
Jeremy is a biological research diver and 
landscape architect. 

JEFF SCHUMACHER, '97, returned 
to Bryan to earn his teaching certifica- 
tion this year. He spent the past five 
years working at Walt Disney World. 

Jeremy and Shonda 

Ryan, Reagan and Cade 

GABE, '97, and GAYLE (COUCH), 
'98, HIMMELWRIGHT announce 
the birth of their son, Joshua Cade, on 
Dec. 8, 2005. Cade weighed 9 lbs., 9 

oz., and was 22 3 A inches long. He joins 
big brother Ryan and sister Reagan, 
both 2. The Himmelwright family lives 
in Virginia Beach, Va., where Gabe 
owns a hardwood flooring company 
and Gayle teaches at a local college. She 
is working on her dissertation for a 
Ph.D. in communications. 

MICAH, '98x, and 


(ZIEG), '97, 

GELATT recently 

moved to Valley Falls, 

Kan., where Micah is 

a teacher and Johanna 

is a stay-at-home mom Ethan Gelatt 

to Josiah, 3 Vi, and Ethan, 1. Ethan was 

born March 10, 2005. He weighed 5 

lbs., and was 18 1 /> inches long. 

JASON and 

DUROY, both 
'98, with their 


Kathleen, 3, and | 
Jack, l,have 
moved from 
Signal Mountain, I 
Tenn, to 

Greensboro, N.C, where Jason is pur- 
suing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree 
in piano performance. Beth plans to 
begin a Master of Music degree this 

(WOOD), '98, and 


announce the birth 
of their daughter, 
Emily Elizabeth, 
on April 7. Emily 
weighed 7 lbs, 3 
Cochran Family oz, and was 9 % 
inches long. 
Emily's Aunt CHERYL WOOD, '00, 
sent the picture of the Cochran family. 

2000s %; 

DARA BALLARD, '00, and Bryan 
Dykes were married March 11, on 
Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, 
Tenn. Dara is a librarian for a law firm 
in Chattanooga, and Bryan is an attor- 
ney for another firm. Matron of honor 
for the wedding was TAMMY (DOE- 
JAAREN) BALLARD, '00, and atten- 
dants for the bride included 

Four friends from the Classes of 1999 
and 2000 met recently in Atlanta for 
their own mini-reunion. Pictured below, 
from left, are KELLY (GRIFFIS) 
GILBERT, '00, who lives in Corpus 
Christi, Texas, where she works for the 
State of Texas; LYDIA TALLENT, 
'00, of Palo Alto, Calif, where she is an 
attorney; MARINA (CRUZ) KRESS 
'99, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and ASH- 
'99, of Columbia, S.C, where she is a 
stay-at-home mom for Caedmon, 5, 
and Abigail, 2. 

MICHAEL, '01x, and Lisa 
TIMBLIN, announce the birth of 
their son, Sebastian Wayne, on Jan. 14. 
The Timblin family lives in Warsaw, 

URQUHART, both '02, announce the 
birth of their daughter, Afton, on 
March 29. Afton weighed 8 lbs, 9 oz. 
The Urquhart family lives in Columbia, 

l6 Christ above all 

IV, '01, and 
TRAM), '03, 

announce the 
birth of their 
second son, 
Julius "Duke" 
Smith, on 
March 12. Duke 
joins big brother 
King, 2. 

King and Duke 


TRAVIS, '02x, 

'99, WELDON, 

announce the 

birth of their 

seond son, Gavin 

Walker, on Dec 9, 

2005. Gavin 

weighed 6 lbs., 7 

oz., and was 1 8 Ya 
Wesley and Gavin . , , 

inches long He 

joins big brother Wesley, 3. 

ANNIE DICKERSON, '03, recently 
presented her first art show, an exhibi- 
tion of her photographs of scenes in 
Chicago. Annie is a teacher in the 
Chicago public school system. 

KEDRIC WEBSTER, '03, received 
his M.A. degree in Biblical studies from 
Reformed Theological Seminary in 
Orlando, Fla., in May. Kedric continues 
his employment as resource consultant 
with Ligonier Ministries in Lake Mary, 

JOSH, '03, and VANNIE (PHINN), 
'04x, LOWERY live in Knoxville, 

where they moved in June 2004, after 
living in Dallas, Texas, following their 
marriage July 5, 2003. Josh works for 
DHL and Vanny is a manager for 
Panera Bread. 

JONATHAN, '04, and 


Lt Joshua Ray 

live in Birmingham, Ala., where they 
recently bought their first home. 
Jonathan works in management and 
Beverly works at a law firm. Their son, 
Aiden, is nearly 2. 

RAY, '05, was 

a second lieu- 
tenant in the 
U.S. Army on 
" Dec. 15, 2005. 
Josh was 
sworn in by 
Col. Ron 

Petitte, associate professor of political 
science and pinned by his parents, 
Bruce and Debbie Ray. 

A film produced by MATT ROGERS, 
'05, and directed by JOSH LONG, 
'05, won the People's Choice Award at 
the Southern Fried Flicks Film Festival 
in Augusta, Ga. The "mocumentary" 
"For the Title" tells the story of two 
Ultimate Frisbee teams as they compete 
for a league championship and was 
filmed at Bryan and on location in 
Rhea County. 

OLIVIA FESSLER, '05, has moved 
to Cincinnati, Ohio, after working in 
Washington, D.C, following graduation. 
She is developing a television show for 

an international pro-life organization 
that is due to air later this year in the 
U.S. and Canada. 

CUTT) JOHNSON, both 05x, 

announce the birth ! 

of their first child, 

Kindred Spirit, on 

Jan. 9. Kindred 

weighed 8 lbs., 14 

oz., and was 20 3 A 

inches long The 

Johnson family 

lives in 

Whitestown, Ind. Kindred Johnson 

With the Lord 

'39, died March 20, in Dayton, Term. 
He is survived by his wife, JOYCE 
daughters KARIN TRAYLOR, '64, 
'69; and sons Dr. Frederick de Rosset 
and Edward de Rosset. 

Rev. EDWARD D. MILLER, '46, 
of Modesto, Calif., died Dec 9, 2005. 
He is survived by his wife, EILEEN 
(GOODMAN) MILLER, '46, and 

four children. 

Rev. RYLAND "Tete" ROCK, '53, 

of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Dec. 
25, 2005. He is survived by his wife, 
ROCK, '53, and five children. 


of Peoria, Ariz., died Feb. 22. She is 
survived by her husband, Dr. 
three children, Dr. MARTIN MEZ- 
NAR, '82, Joan Meznar, and Andrea 

Rev. FRANCIS NEDDO, '54 of 

Sale Creek, Term., died March 24. He 
is survived by his wife, Hazel, and six 


ASCHENBACH, '56, of West 
Springfield, Mass., died Sept. 30, 

2005. She is survived by five children. 

'96x, of Adams, Tenn., died Jan. 1 8. 
She is survived by her husband, Donald 
Sharpe; three daughters; two sisters, 
MELISSA and husband DAVID 
BROWN, both '94, and Regina 
Dickerson; and her parents. 

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faculty/staff yy Qfpc 

Dr. Marci Froemke completed 

requirements for her doctoral degree at 
Trevecca University in April. 

The Board of Trustees has affirmed 
the following personnel decisions: Dr. 
Marci Froemke, promoted to associate 
professor; Dr. Travis Ricketts, pro- 
moted to associate professor; Dr. Brian 
Hill, promoted to professor; Dr. Ron 
Petitte, promoted to professor and 
granted tenure. 

Dr. Dana Kennedy has been 

selected as a member of one of the 
planning committees for the 2006 
Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention Health Promotion 
Conference. She will help design the 
"Non-traditional Partnerships" track 
focusing on involving faith-based and 
other non-governmental organizations 
in community-level health promotion 
efforts. Dr. Kennedy and several of her 
students also collected data from Rhea 
County K-12 students for a statewide 
study on Body Mass Index. 

Dr. Bill Ketchersid was a fellow at 
a Salzburg Seminar, "The Transatlantic 
Divide: Myths, Realities, and Business 
as Usual," in June. 

Dr. Sigrid Luther attended the Music 
Teachers National Association confer- 
ence in Austin, Texas, in March, where 
she presented a session on "Developing 
Practical Musical Skills through Church 
Music" and served on the national 
nominating committee. She judged the 
Cadek Conservatory Scholarship 
Competition in Chattanooga, Tenn., 
and coordinated the Bryan College 
Community Music School Festival 

Faculty and staff leaving at the end of the academic year include, from left, Anneli Horner, 
assistant director of Worldview Teams, who will begin graduate studies at Regent College in 
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Dr. Kurt Wise, who will direct the Center for Theology 
and Science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; Marci Wulf Yost, ath- 
letic trainer, who will be a junior high school science teacher and athletic trainer near Ft. 
Benning, Ga., where her husband is stationed; Josh Porter, athletic trainer, who is moving toward 
missions service; and Jeff Longenecker, head athletic trainer, who is pursuing further education in 
the medical field. They were honored during a reception as the school year drew to a close. 

Miss Michele Pascucci traveled to 
Spain during spring break, and will 
spend much of the summer in Spain 
working on her doctoral dissertation. 

Mr. John Stonestreet completed 

requirements for his Master of Arts 
degree in Christian Thought at Trinity 
Hvangelical Divinity School. He also 
spoke at worldview seminars in Florida, 
the Summit Adult Conference in 
Colorado, was keynote speaker at the 
Indiana Association of Home 
Educators state convention, and spoke 
at the Christianity and Culture seminar 
in Longview, Texas. 

Dr. Jack Traylor has published a 
review of Watching the Trains Go By: A. 
Narrative of a Santa Fe. Railway Man, by 
Harry J. Briscoe, in the winter 2005-06 

edition of Kansas History: A Journal of 

the Central Plains. Mr. Briscoe is a 
retired officer of the Santa Fe Railway 
and was a supervisor of Dr. Traylor's 
father and a neighbor of the Traylor 
family in Emporia, Kan. 

Mrs. Tami Tulberg attended the 
Tennessee Association of College 
Stores annual convention in Pigeon 
Forge She is a member of the associa- 
tion's board. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit performed a trum- 
pet solo during the Chattanooga Bach 
Choir's Mardi Gras dinner in February. 
He also taught the fine arts component 
for Bryan's Italy Abroad semester. He 
also sang with the Chattanooga Bach 
Choir in its spring concert in March. 

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